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Country: Germany
Principality: Lippe
Established: The War Merit Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz am Kämpferband) and the War Honor Cross for Heroic Deeds (Kriegsehrenkreuz für heldenmütige Tat) were instituted on 8 December 1914.
The War Merit Cross was awarded for bravery in action or war merit on the home front.

The War Merit Cross was awarded 18,374 times during World War I.
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